A great man is one who collects knowledge the way a bee collects honey and uses it to help people overcome the difficulties they endure - hunger, ignorance and disease!
- Nikola Tesla

Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.
- Franklin Roosevelt

While their territory has been devastated and their homes despoiled, the spirit of the Serbian people has not been broken.
- Woodrow Wilson

Historic Church of Saint Sava up in Flames After Easter Celebration

[NEW YORK POST] Parishioners watched in horror as a massive 4-alarm fire engulfed a Serbian Orthodox church in Manhattan on Sunday — hours after hundreds celebrated Easter services, authorities said.

“For this to happen on such a holy day, I don’t know what to say,” said Alex Velic, a 31-year-old churchgoer, as enormous fireballs erupted from the shattered windows of the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sava on West 25th Street.

“To see it burning like that is such a shock. It’s just so sad,” he said. “I can’t think of the words to express how I’m feeling.”

Крагујевчанка бере успехе у САД

Пролећни концерти симфонијског оркестра „Тампа Беј” са Флориде ове године протичу у знаку наше пијанисткиње Мине Мијовић, која је 2015. проглашена за најбољег младог интерпретатора класичне музике у овој америчкој држави. Новембра прошле године ова двадесетдвогодишња Крагујевчанка победила је на такмичењу у Тампи, у организацији симфонијског оркестра из овог места, који се, пре свега, бави популаризацијом класичне музике међу младима у САД.

Serbian Bishop Maxim Visits the Orthodox School of Theology at Trinity College

On Saturday 16 April, His Grace Bishop Maxim of the Western American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church visited the Orthodox School of Theology at Trinity College and presented a new book published within his diocese entitled The Christian Heritage of Kosovo and Metohija: The Historical and Spiritual Heartland of the Serbian People.

Bishop Maxim spoke about the efforts of the Serbian Orthodox Church to preserve its centuries-old monuments and the Christian heritage of Kosovo and Metohija.

Call for nominations for the Miša Djordjević Book Prize

North American Society for Serbian Studies is inviting nominations for the annual Miša Djordjević Book Prize.​ ​The prize is awarded annually to a distinguished scholar or student in the area of Serbian studies.

Nominations should be sent to Slobodanka Vladiv-Glover by 15 May 2016: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Previous recipients of this award include Charles Simic, the fifteenth Poet Laureate of the United States.

More about the Prize can be found here: http://serbianstudies.org/bookprize.html

The recipient of the 2013 "Mihajlo Misha Djordjevic" Book Award is Radmila Gorup for the collection "After Yugoslavia: The Cultural Spaces of a Vanished Land", Stanford University Press, 2013.

The recipient of the 2012 "Mihajlo Misha Djordjevic" Book Award was Tomislav Z. Longinovic for his book "Vampire Nation: Violence as Cultural Imaginary", Duke University Press, 2012.

The recipient of Mihajlo Misha Djordjevic Book Prize for 2009 is Gregory A. Freeman for his book The Forgotten 500: The Untold Story of the Men Who Risked All for the Greatest Rescue Mission of World War II.

10th Anniversary Celebration Chicago-Belgrade Sister City Partnership

CSCI Belgrade Invite

Održan je koncert Aleksandre Denda

Beograđanka Aleksandre Denda sinoć je uz desetočlani bend predstavila svoj autorski album "Dreamer", jedinstvenu kombinaciju akustičnih i elektro elemenata uz primese neo soula, džeza i R&B-a. Kao predstavnica eminentne njujorške organizacije umetnika LeitmotivArts, Aleksandra je prepun klub oduševila kako svojim glasom tako i fantastičnim kompozicijama i tekstovima koji nikoga nisu ostavili ravnodušnim.

Brojna publika, koja je bila mešavina svih generacija i raznih kultura, nije krila oduševljenjue umećem ove velike pevačice, osetivši u njenim pesmama iskrenost i autentičnost, ljubav, lepotu, traganje i unutrašnje prevrate.

Aleksandra Denda je džez i neosoul pevačica i kantautorka koja trenutno živi i stvara u Njujorku. Ova beograđanka već godinama nastupa i snima širom Sjedinjenih Američkih Država, Evrope i Azije. Kao kreator i glas benda Aleksandra Denda Group, neguje zvuke soul-a, džeza, R&B-a ali i note Južne Amerike - brazilijane. Ona je takođe i suosnivač vokalne grupe ROSA, koja je jedina autentično-srpska a capella grupa na američkom kontinentu.

LeitmotivArts presents Aleksandra Denda EP release show

LeitmotivArts is thrilled to announce the release of the debut EP DREAMER from Aleksandra Denda available worldwide on March 17th 2016.

Two years after having her single "In the Dark" selected as The Song Of The Day on Jon Oliver's The Main Ingredient Radio, Aleksandra releases her debut EP. DREAMER - wonderful patchwork of acoustic and electronic elements, intertwining Neo Soul, Jazz, World Music and Electronica into Aleksandra's own ethereal sonic canvas.

Serbian Movie Festival

The Serb National Federation, the Embassy of Serbia in Washington, D.C. & Center for Russian and East European Studies at the University of Pittsburgh are sponsoring a Serbian Movie Festival at the University of Pittsburgh from Friday March 18 to Sunday March 20, 2016 at the University of Pittsburgh in the David Lawrence Hall.

Њујоршки сан српских креатора

Два дана после запажених ревија у Њујорку, синоћ је за наше дизајнере приређен пријем у генералном конзулату Србије у овом граду, уз изложбу њихових креација. Утисци се и даље слежу и неки од њих још нису свесни да им се пружила прилика о којој су сањали – да се представе у Великој јабуци, једној од четири светске модне престонице.

– Teк сад ми полако прилази свести да сам имала ревију на Њујоршкој недељи моде. Велика је ствар то што смо нас троје овде направили своје конкретне модне кораке. Међу гостима је било доста личности из света који су повезани са јавним личностима, као и људи из света бизниса са којима је могуће остварити сарадњу. Било је пуно заинтересованих за поједине комаде из моје колекције и с њима сам договарала сарадњу око продаје – рекла је за „Политику” Марина Мићановић.

Chicagoan of the Year in Classical Music: Vladimir Kulenovic, a conductor with an uncommon passion

Vladimir Kulenovic, music director of the north suburban Lake Forest Symphony, is at once selfish and selfless, useful qualities for a bright, ambitious, young musician out to make a name for himself in the fast track of symphonic conducting.

Selfish, because the Belgrade, Serbia-born American conductor's career ambitions are, by his own admission, limitless. Now in his second year with the Lake Forest professional orchestra, Kulenovic, who is 35 and lives in Evanston, has energized the ensemble and its audience. The Solti Foundation U.S. has taken notice. Having already awarded him career-assistance grants in 2012 and 2013, the foundation, which supports young conductors of exceptional promise, honored him a third time by naming him its $25,000 Solti Conducting Fellow for 2015, a prestigious honor indeed.

People Directory

Vlade Divac

A first round pick of the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1989 NBA draft, Vlade Divac went on to become one of the first European players to have an impact on the NBA.

In 1985, Vlade Divac was one of 15 young boys from Slovenia, Bosna, Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia and Macedonia that won the gold medal in the University Games. This would prove to be a basketball team that is considered among the best ever assembled. They went on to win a gold medal at the European Junior Championships in 1986, a gold medal at the FIB A World Junior Championships in Bormio, Italy in 1987 (defeating Team USA twice in that tournament), and a silver medal representing Yugoslavia at the 1988 Olympics.

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The Meaning of Reality

Essays on Existence and Communion, Eros and History

by Christos Yannaras

The collection of articles traces the thought of Christos Yanaras through his long journey in discovering the meaning of existence, communion, eros, and history. It is a cause of immense joy that no fewer than twenty articles of passionate significance and substance have at present been gathered together in this volume under the title The Meaning of Reality.

Yannaras is undoubtedly one of the most significant thinkers of our time. Kallistos Ware once described him as "the most creative and prophetic religious thinker at work in Greece today," while Rowan Williams characterizes him as "one of the most significant Christian philosophers in Europe." His very wide and no less deep education helps him to develop an inimitable blend of philosophy, theology, and social criticism, and to speak in an original way about the traditional and contemporary issues of human existence, as well as the latest challenges of modern empirical science and political engagement. A detailed knowledge of the writings of the Holy Fathers has always been his foundation amidst the labyrinth of modern thought - which is inimately bound up with psychoanalysis, environmental issues, human rights, postmodernism, and pluralism , to mention just a few. Insistence on the primacy, uniqueness, and eternal value of human personality prevails in almost all his works and inspires his own vigorous theological and ecumenical engagement, based on the Orthodox eucharistic and ascetic tradition.